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Air Pollution from Climate Change Expected to Cause Premature Death

Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill EHS Core Center estimates that future climate change, if left unaddressed, will significantly increase premature deaths associated with air pollution.

  • Science Highlights
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News
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Drinking Water as a Source of Exposure to Industrial Chemicals in the Ohio River Valley

University of Cincinnati researchers found that some Mid-Ohio River Valley residents have higher amounts of the chemical polyfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in their bodies than most other Americans, and industrial releases to the Ohio River may be a major source of exposure.

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  • University of Cincinnati
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University of Cincinnati Researchers Build Capacity for Student Scientists

University of Cincinnati Community Engagement Core members provide testing kits for eastern Ohio students to collect, sample, and analyze local water.

  • Community Engagement
  • University of Cincinnati
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Nationwide Study of U.S. Seniors Strengthens Link Between Air Pollution and Premature Death

A study of 60 million Americans ages 65 and older shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when levels of these pollutants are below air quality standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect public health. The research was supported in part by the Harvard EHS Core Center.

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  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health News
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Aflatoxin Exposure Marker May Lead to Early Detection of Liver Cancer

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Environmental Health Sciences have developed a new way to use genetic sequencing to determine whether liver cells have been exposed to aflatoxin, a fungal product believed to cause up to 80 percent of liver cancer cases. This approach could be used to predict whether someone has a high risk of developing liver cancer, potentially many years before tumors actually appear.

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  • Environmental Factor
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Deputy Director of the UPenn CEC Receives Netter Center Faculty-community Partnership Award

Professor Richard (Rich) Pepino, Deputy Director of the Community Engagement Core within the University of Pennsylvania EHS Core Center, and his partners in the School District of Philadelphia are this year’s recipients of the Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding Faculty-Community Partnership projects in Philadelphia.

  • Awards
  • Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
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UC Davis Hosts First Academy Day

The first ever UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Academy Day on March 21 brought together multi-disciplinary researchers and community-based organizations to discuss concerns about environmental health impacts, specifically those centered on water safety and contamination issues in the Central Valley of California.

  • Community Engagement
  • UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center
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Dementia Shows Gene-environment Link, Loss of Smell Is Early Sign

Scientists from the Southern California Environmental Health Science Center report dementia is linked to air pollution exposures combined with a certain genetic variation, and an impaired sense of smell may serve as an early warning sign. These findings provide public health experts with new insights to help battle Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia.

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  • Environmental Factor
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Case Study Highlights How Community Partnerships Inform Research Translation

In a new publication, members from the EHS Core Center at the University of Michigan and a Stakeholder Advisory Board describe a case study in dialog between environmental health scientists and community members. The team emphasizes the benefits of community partnerships to develop educational tools for Detroit area residents.

  • Community Engagement
  • Partnerships for Environmental Public Health
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Evidence Points to Fish Oil to Fight Asthma

Scientists have discovered how omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil could be used for asthma patients. The research team included members of the University of Rochester EHS Core Center.

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  • University of Rochester Medical Center
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Award-winning Resource Benefits Communities near Busy Roadways

The Community Engagement Core within the Southern California Environmental Health Science Center was recognized for their infographic describing the health risks of living near busy roads. The Transportation Research Board, part of the prestigious, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, recognized the interactive infographic as part of an overall competition focused on communicating the link between transportation and public health.

  • Awards
  • Environmental Factor
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Prenatal Lead Linked with Stunted Growth in Early Childhood

Researchers from the EHS Core Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported an association between higher maternal blood lead levels during the third trimester of pregnancy and stunted growth in their children. The study involved participants from the Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stressors (PROGRESS) cohort in Mexico City.

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  • Environmental Factor